From David Parsons, Association for Latin Teaching
Greeting! This month: Refresher Day notes -
They tell me that the Refresher Day in Leeds went very well, with 70 people and good sessions. I had to miss it myself, as I had the chance of the last two tickets for Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand in Cardiff (and mind-
You will also see in that box the sad news of the death of Belinda Dennis, just a month ago. A couple of tributes are on the web site. If you feel there is something you would like to add from your own knowledge of Belinda, please email it to me and I will add it to the site.
New search engine
Talking of the arlt web site reminds me that you can now use a search engine to search the site for any word or name you wish. My son Charlie, whose company Wham Ltd hosts the web site, devised it himself for us, and would value feedback. See his own business site at www.wham-
More news in Latin
Since the last newsletter I have discovered a second radio station offering the news in Latin. This is Radio Bremen, who produce a bulletin only once a month, as opposed to Radio Finland's weekly broadcast. I am impressed by how easy they make it to see the words on the screen while you listen to the broadcast. I thought you might like to see a sample, on anti-
Ubique terrarum miliones hominum protestati sunt se bellum Iraquianum nequaquam esse probaturos. Nullis umquam demonstrationibus plures homines interfuerunt, postquam bellum Vietnamiense compositum est. Gerhard Schröder cancellarius Germaniae denuo negavit se iustam belli Iraquiani causam videre, dum pace servata Saddam Hussein dearmari posset. Interea Consilium Securitatis Unitarum Nationum constituit, ut armorum Iraquianorum inspectoribus plus temporis concederetur. Once again, the link to this is on the www.arlt.co.uk web site, at present in the 'New in the past month' box.
The war and other Classical news
Now the war has begun, and I expect your emotions are as mixed as mine, especially as the TV churns out more and more images of violent destruction, while here the sun shines on cheerful daffodils, forsythia and cherry-
Other news items I have collected on the "news" page recently concern the ivory face of Apollo from a chryselephantine statue ascribed to Pheidias (I had to be careful to avoid slander while explaining how it got to London), a piece from the British Psychological Society conference telling of the harm done to pupils by too much testing, the Latin signs in the Newcastle Metro, and a long review article on Cleopatra by Mary Beard in the Guardian. My aim in presenting these is to provide material for a classroom pin-
Where visitors came from
Visitors to the ARLT website during the first three weeks of March were registered in, and so probably came from, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Canada, USA, Spain, Brazil, Singapore, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Switzerland, Greece, Japan, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, and of course the United Kingdom.
Chat and Farewell
Once again, may I remind you about the chat room. Visit the web site 7 pm GMT Mondays, click on 'Chat' and then on the number (or the word 'none') under 'Chatters' and you're there. While on line, do contribute to the Bulletin Board, either questions or answers or observations. Perhaps I shall see you at the Classical Association Annual Meeting in Warwick University next month. When the next newsletter is due, Easter will have come and gone, and I shall be enjoying a glass of wine again! Meanwhile I raise a virtual glass to peace and new life for Iraq and for the world. Cheers!